"A photograph is a meeting place where the interests of the photographer, the photographed, the viewer, and those who are using the photographs are often contradictory. These contradictions both hide and increase the natural ambiguity of the photographic image." - John Berger
I stumbled across this remark, quoted here
; I am not sure where it comes from, but it seems right. And it seems therefore that the project of developing a pragmatics of photography - that is, a conception of photography that attends to its uses by various agents for various purposes - is a terribly complex undertaking.
So, having recovered from my momentary bout of lazy and stupid, I performed a perfunctory Google search and discovered that the Berger quote comes from the Preface to John Berger & Jean Mohr. Another Way of Telling (Pantheon 1982).
Labels: Berger, John Berger, Meaning and Use